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Wakayama City Zoo

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A small zoo in Wakayama Castle compound

It's a small zoo in Wakayama Castle compound. If you visit Wakayama Castle, you should also visit... read more

Reviewed 30 January 2018
Bangkok, Thailand
Good stroll through

For someone who has seen most of the animals in the zoo for the first time, i found it interesting... read more

Reviewed 5 December 2016
Zoyha N
Nadi, Fiji
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  • Excellent15%
  • Very good35%
  • Average30%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible12%
29 Jan 2018
“A small zoo in Wakayama Castle compound”
28 Apr 2018
“Neglected and sad”
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3 Ichiban-cho, Wakayama 640-8146, Wakayama Prefecture
+81 73-424-8635
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Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile

We walked passed here and tried to ignore the small caged animals and birds. There was a very sad looking large bear that really upset me. Avoid this place if you can.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank YvonneT
Reviewed 30 January 2018

It's a small zoo in Wakayama Castle compound. If you visit Wakayama Castle, you should also visit this zoo as the admission is included in the ticket. You don't have to pay any additional fee. But it's not worth to go just to see the...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Tote919
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

The animals are in tiny cages, and the environment is very bad and smelly. Some animals even fight with each other and you can see their feathers being plucked off them. I hope they stop having this zoo, send the animals to a better place...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank RitaC5160
Reviewed 19 June 2017

My husband and I were recently in Japan. We visited Wakayama Castle and didn't realize there was a zoo. I found the zoo small and not properly setup for the animals. I found it truly depressing and cruel. These animals were in small cement cages...More

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank Shelley K
Reviewed 4 June 2017

I don't think it is worth your time, from the little i can see from top of hill. Very small, some animals in cages, and very few visitors (even in summer).

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Seokkeowng
Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

Terribly cruel little free entry zoo with animals going insane from loneliness and suffering. Why do the nature loving Japanese still put up with these little zoos? Awful awful awful.

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank 887stephaniec
Reviewed 21 April 2017

I love Japan, and I love Wakayama, but I can't defend or find good points about this zoo. It's shockingly depressing, the state of the animal enclosures is terrible, the whole place seems very run down and uncared for. The health and state of the...More

Date of experience: May 2016
1  Thank ExplorerC9
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

Bears need more than concrete. Deer need more than a few meters of sand. You get entry with the castle but i can't support this attraction

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank Beatrix A
Reviewed 5 December 2016

For someone who has seen most of the animals in the zoo for the first time, i found it interesting and worth my time. the zoo is relatively small and before the castle but it was not over crowded with animals but i still felt...More

Date of experience: February 2016
Thank Zoyha N
Reviewed 5 July 2016

I went here before looking around the castle. I didn't expect much as it's free, I thought it would be just a few birds and some small farm animals. There are interesting animals, but their cages are too small and really bare. Didn't see the...More

Date of experience: February 2016
2  Thank jocybum
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